I didn’t think it would happen this soon, but a Movie set has already been struck by the discount hammer. Amazon is offering 70809 Lord Business’ Evil Lair at a 21% discount down to $54.99 from $69.99 MSRP. No other Movie sets are discounted as far as I can tell. If you’re undecided about picking this up, Nick had the honors of reviewing this set.
Okay, it’s not a bad reveal, I just guess Lego isn’t a Stonecutter (or a member of the Ancient Mystic Society of the No Homers), and thus didn’t get the leak tube fixed before this spilled all over the internet. We’ve known for awhile that Lego Simpsons was coming out, with a few hints at minifigs and some general statements about it… but this is the first time an actual set has wandered its way to us. Thanks to Eurobrick’s Carlos S, we’ve now seen another salvo against our wallets in Lego’s never-ending war.
Personally, I’m torn on this one. I mean, at 2523 pieces, and carrying a Licensed theme, this is obviously a Direct-to-Consumer Shop@Home exclusive that’s going to be north of $200-250. More than that, without seeing the inside, there’s nothing to really wow you. Sure, the minifigs are cool, but anyone doubt that these minifigs won’t be in the CMF line (or any smaller sets that show up). And with the exception of Ned and Marge (perhaps Homer in his tie), none of the minifigs even look overly unique.
Okay, there’s the back of the house, and the interior as well. I’m curious what Ned is doing in there, since Homer could legally shoot him (unless he was invited). There’s a whole lot of blockiness to this house, and I stand by my first impression of “big tan box.” They could have done more to connect the differeht pieces to make it work, but that’s just me.
It could be that Lego is targeting this set squarely at AFOLs (not a stretch, given the price), and perhaps the whole theme, given that this show has been on the air three times longer than the minimum suggested age of the set. I’d be curious to hear what everyone thinks of this thing… for me, until I see Homer in a muumu, I’m not a believer.
Thanks to the multitude of people that emailed this set, showed up in chat, or pointed us to a whole bunch of other sites that covered this, and CloneEmperor for pointing me to the picture of the back of the box on Flickr. We’ve rehosted the images here and cropped them a little bit.
The time has come, two months of building and voting all culminating in the four ships above. Forum members now had forty eight hours to sign in and cast their judgement one more time. The winners will be announced Monday night after the polls close. Good luck to the four of you!
LEGO.com updated their LEGO Star Wars section with all of the March 2014 releases. Normally, new Star Wars products launch in January but this is the first time in the history of the line that it will be launching in March due to The LEGO Movie products being pushed out in time for the film’s February theatrical debut. A total of 19 new products will launch including a brand new sub-theme, “Microfighters” also known as “Recruitment Sets”. The Micorfighters fill the gap that the now-discontinued Planet sets left behind. The majority of the regular line focuses on Episode III sets while most of the Microfighters are based on Original Trilogy ships. We’ve rehosted the images below for your convenience. Pricing remains to be seen. All new LEGO Star Wars products will launch in March.
Just a friendly heads up, the deadline is fast approaching and the last two polls will be posted in about twenty hours. It’s been a fantastic run so far and the final ships are shaping up to be pretty interesting. Check back again tomorrow night for links to the polls. As usual you’ll have two days to vote. Looking forward to it!
OK, so maybe the Flying Flusher didn’t blow my mind, but how about a set that has not only the largest “Micro Manager”, but a helicopter cobbled together from a windmill and a giant fire mech? This is more like it. (more…)
I’m late to the party with my reviews for sets from The LEGO Movie and Nick already picked up the Glider and Cloud Palace sets, so I’m going to dig right into the two I have left. Starting with the Flying Flusher. This set seemed more interesting for the tongue in cheek aspect then the Ice Cream Machine or Trash Chomper which to me looked like more fun, but the Flusher did have those plungers… is it worth picking up for those parts alone though? (more…)
As far ice cream trucks go, I can say without a doubt 70804 Ice Cream Machine is the BEST ice cream truck set that LEGO has ever released. Of course it’s probably the ONLY ice cream truck set they’ve ever made so the bar is set really low but don’t let that color your judgment.
Well, in case you needed a break from all of The LEGO Movie reviews or rumors of new sets, Marvel went and released a new still showing off what we can assume will be the final look for the main characters in the upcoming Guardian’s of the Galaxy. It should look familiar, since it’s based on the concept art that was floated around Comic Con (and the CGI have apparently improved since then, per buriedbybricks, who I guess watched the teaser from SDCC).
I’m pretty stoked, since as a marvel collector, the only Groot figure that’s been available is a small sapling in a planter that was less than an inch tall. Now, I can get a giant figure and do Vin Diesel impersonations! And the fact that Rocket Raccoon is in the middle, staring down whoever is taking the still, is just awesome.
Also, does anyone else look at this and feel the urge to go watch The Usual Suspects, or is it just me?